Two Okhla residents have died of dengue, according to residents. They were laid to rest in Batla House graveyard a few minutes ago, said Manne Khan. “Mohd Hafeez, 45, and Hashim Ali, 15, used to reside in jhuggi nearby Johri Farm and hospitalized two days ago in Holy Family hospital. They were down with fever and family members told us that they died at about 11 pm on Tuesday,” said Khan.
Another resident Anis Ahmed too confirmed the report and said heap of garbage has been piling up in the locality, a breeding ground for mosquito. This is not the first dengue death in the locality as the numbers have been rising each day. Activists said more than thirty people have died due to dengue, a claim that OKHLATIMES.COM could not verify independently.
However, several deaths have taken place with residents rattled. A few days ago three people had died in one lane of Abul Fazal Enclave. A Zakir Nagar girl too was reported to have died of dengue. It was only two days ago when another woman had been reported to have died of dengue in Abul Fazal Hospital.
The dengue death toll is increasing in the locality as cases of vector-borne diseases have dipped in the city. Residents attribute to most number of deaths from Okhla to poor sanitation, overflowing sewerage, untrammeled construction, piled-up garbage on roadsides and open nallah in AFE that is rarely de-listed.